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The Hard Price

By Tim J. Lord

Faced with a "nothing future in a dead end North Dakota town," Joe Erekson enlisted in the Army. He got to see the world, met a beautiful girl from a foreign country, started a family—and all on Uncle Sam's dime. It was only supposed to cost him a few easy years, but then George H. W. Bush declared war on Saddam Hussein and his "easy years" turned into a career and two wars in Iraq—a life his eldest daughter would follow him into in a post 9/11 world. The Hard Price is an exploration of the lives of people on the frontlines of the wars the Bush Family gave us and an exploration of how they pick up the pieces in a radical reimagining of The Oresteia.

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